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WILL - Illinois Public Media News - December 19, 2014

Focus Encore: Why give gifts?

We spend a lot of time thinking about and planning for gifts we give around the holidays. Why?

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(Duration: 51:41)

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There’s a lot of forethought, and sometimes a lot of stress, that’s a part of the holiday season. That’s completely counter-intuitive considering the holidays are supposed to be a time to relax and enjoy time with family and friends. During this encore hour on Focus, we talked about why certain expectations are attached to the holidays and what we can do about it.

Categories: Community, Consumer issues






NPR - Illinois Public Media News - July 29, 2014

Chances Are Pretty Good That’s A Bill Collector Calling

By Marilyn Geewax

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In about one-third of U.S. households, the sound of a phone or doorbell ringing may trigger a desire to duck.  That's because roughly 77 million adults with a credit file have at least one debt in the collection process, according to a study released by the Urban Institute, a research group.

Categories: Consumer issues, Economics


AP - Illinois Public Media News - July 03, 2014

Ruling Backs Illinois Retirees On Health Benefits

By The Associated Press, with additional reporting from Illinois Public Media

The Illinois Supreme Court has sided with retired state employees who argue that health insurance premiums are a protected retirement benefit.  



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